Donna Gillan


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Donna June Miller Gillan passed away on June 11, 2014, at her home in Elk Grove, Calif. She lived her life to the fullest, courageously battling cancer for the last three years. She died peacefully, surrounded by her children.

She will be lovingly remembered for her remarkable strength, devotion to family and beautiful homemaking in all its forms — including gardening, cooking, carpentry, upholstery, sewing, antique restoration and decorating. She loved playing bridge with her friends and making every family gathering a cherished moment. She truly had a servant's heart — she was always just a phone call away, stepping in to help friends and family with flowers from her garden, homemade soup or just a hug.

She was adored by her family and was each family member's best friend — the first to celebrate their accomplishments and always there to support and help with life's challenges.

Donna grew up in Liberal, Kan., and was a graduate of Garden City High School (class of 1948). She lived in Wilton and Elk Grove, Calif., the last 40 years of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Gillan, a graduate of both Garden City High School and Kansas State University; her parents, William and Hazel Miller of Garden City, Kan.; and her siblings, Bill Miller of Sublette, Kan., Thelma Bolognini of Garden City, Kan., and Ken Miller of Las Vegas, Nev. Donna is survived by her four children, David Gillan of Elk Grove, Calif., Karen Hood Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., Kayla Gillan and her husband Alan Leinbach of Arlington, Va., and Kelly Holtz and her husband Bill of Carmichael, Calif.; her six grandchildren, Jaydn DeWald and wife Kali, Ryan Hood and wife Sandra, Laura Rosen Ellison, Miko Brickey and husband Bo, Catrina DeWald Davis and husband Pat, and Kaitlin Rosen. She especially welcomed into the family five great-grandchildren, Blake, Lilliana, Daisee, Aurelia and Caleb. She is also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews.

Donna loved life and would have preferred to live another 83 years. She was fashionable, charming and spunky to her last hours. She will be missed by all.


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